Ephemeral strength

“There are strong perfumes for which all matter is porous. One would say they go through glass…” — CHARLES BAUDELAIRE

Symbol of the self

“The odor is a natural sign of the self as both a physical and a moral being. The odor is a symbol of the self.” – ANTONY SYNNOTT

Breathing in different sensory worlds

“Americans and Arabs live in different sensory worlds much of the time and do not use the same senses even to establish most of the distances maintained during conversations.” – EDWARD HALL

Mission

“Smell may not seem a profound enough problem to dominate all the life sciences, but it contains, piece by piece, all the mysteries.” – LEWIS THOMAS

Ignorant smelling

“We thought it necessary to begin with the sense of smell, because of all the senses it is the one which appears to contribute least to the knowledge of the human mind.” – Etienne Bonnot de CONDILLAC 

Fragrant future

“We live in an age of ephemerality: The point for me is to expect everything else to become like perfume” – BRIAN ENO

Of our delight in smelling

“As for the tempting delight of sweet smells, I am not too much taken with it. When I miss them, I do not seek them; when I may have them, I do not refuse them: yet also ready always to be without them.” – AUGUSTINE (354-430)

Fragrant wizard

“Smell is a potent wizard that transports you across thousands of miles and all the years you have lived.” – HELEN KELLER

Matter!

“Smell is a quality not to be separated from matter.” – IVAN VAN BLOCH

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